The Dangers of U-47700

in Drug Insights
Published Mar 3, 2021

Gallus Medical Detox Centers, a nationally recognized Center of Excellence for inpatient medical detox, is launching a new substance use alert to inform providers of new and potentially dangerous trends happening across the country. With ten years of experience treating SUD patients, we have a unique front-line perspective in providing the medical assistance needed to help patients overcome addiction. We’re providing “The Pulse” to alert you to the use of new substances, legal and illegal, increasing severity within opioid, benzodiazepine, and stimulant epidemics, and complications brought on by increasing polysubstance use. We hope you find this information informative and useful in our fight against the growing problem of substance use disorders.

U-47700, what it is?

It’s a synthetic opioid 7.5 – 8 times more potent than Morphine. In 2016, the DEA classified it as a Schedule 1 narcotic. It has had no medical use in the United States. It was originally developed by the pharmaceutical company Upjohn in the 1970s. It started emerging in 2014.

Other Names: Pink, pinky, pink heroin

Where Do People Get It?

It’s sold on the internet as a research chemical, it’s also sold on the street. It’s often pressed into pills and made to look like prescription Oxy IR, often combined with Heroin or Fentanyl.

How It Is Dangerous?

Research suggests it has enhanced brain penetration, it’s more attracted to lipids than Morphine, which makes for a longer half-life (researchers think around 6.5 hours). It has been found in many counterfeit oxycodone tablets and is a key ingredient in “gray death”. There have been many overdose fatalities, contributed to Prince’s overdose and subsequent death. It is unable to be detected on most UDS screens, but Lab Corp does have a test for it.

Gallus Medical Detox is the industry leader in medical detox, with clinics in Denver, CO and Scottsdale, AZ we provide inpatient detoxification with our evidence based IV method of detox. Our goal is to provide helpful alerts to those in the substance use disorder field, as well as the general public. Being ahead of the curve in the world of substance use is incredibly valuable.

If you or a loved one is struggling with addiction, we are here to help. At Gallus Medical Detox Centers, we bring compassion to the commotion. Peace to the pain. Empowerment to the powerless. If you or someone you know needs support with addiction problems, bring us your battle. Call us today and take the best, first step towards recovery: 720-704-1432